Man City complete deal for $51M Premier League ace as Guardiola continues summer spending spree


Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on May 15, 2022 in Leeds, United Kingdom.

Guardiola will welcome a third addition to his Premier League-winning squad after the Cityzens reached an agreement with Leeds.

Manchester City's summer spending spree continues as the Premier League giants add another talented player to their already world-class squad ahead of the 2022/23 season.

According to several reliable sources such as the Athletic and Goal, the Cityzens have completed a deal for one of the Premier League's most talented midfielders. That man is none other than Kalvin Phillips, who is now set to move to the Etihad Stadium from Leeds United.

The Englishman has long been linked with Guardiola's side, and for obvious reasons, with Pep looking to add another key player to the middle of the park after the departure of club captain and icon Fernandinho. Phillips, who rose to prominence in the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa, a manager admired by Guardiola, was identified as the ideal replacement.

The Three Lions ace, who was named England's player of the year for 2020/21 after playing a pivotal role in his nation's run to the Euro 2020 final, will join the league champions for an initial fee of $51M, with an additional $3.7M in add-ons being promised.

The player is currently away on holiday but could arrive in Manchester in July to complete this transfer. As for Leeds, the recent addition of Marc Roca from Bayern Munich means Jesse Marsch's side were already prepared for Kalvin's exit.

What makes things even more interesting is that City are likely to conduct more business, with the English giants looking to sign a left-back before the window closes. Brighton ace Marc Cucurella has been identified as the ideal target, but the Seagulls have allegedly slapped a $61M price tag on the Spaniard.

Should the left-back move from the Amex to the Etihad Stadium, he will become the club's fourth – possibly even fifth – addition of the summer, following in the footsteps of Phillips, Erling Haaland, and Julian Alvarez. However, with Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling rumored to be on their way to Arsenal and Chelsea respectively, City could recoup a large portion of their expenditure.


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